The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Access to Justice (司法公正)

內地搜捕律師維權人士 許志永逃亡中揭真相 (On the run, Rights defender Xu Zhiyong explains the "Xiamen Meeting" behind arrests of lawyers and activists)
Ming Pao, January 8, 2020

关注新一轮大抓捕 卫小兵再遭刑拘工厂被关闭 (Activist Wei Xiaobing under criminal detention for calling attention to mass arrest of rights defense lawyers)
Radio Free Asia, January 7, 2020

呼籲國際社會ㅤ關注中國維權律師及公民元旦前夕被大規模打壓 (Calling for international community's attention to large-scale crackdown on rights defense lawyers and citizens)
Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, January 7, 2020

Access to Information (信息公开)

China Bans Imported Textbooks for Primary, Middle Schools
Sixth Tone, January 7, 2020

China Aims For Total Control of People's Thinking From Primary Level Upwards
Radio Free Asia, January 7, 2020

Awash in Disinformation Before Vote, Taiwan Points Finger at China
The New York Times, January 7, 2020

【台灣大選・反赤】《中國時報》記者親述台灣媒體如何被染紅 (China Times journalist recounts how Taiwanese media "turned red" under mainland influence)
Stand News, January 8, 2020

Ahead of Taiwan's presidential elections, KMT accuses DPP of ‘green terror’ and Beijing echoes
Global Voices, January 8, 2020

Chinese state media seizes on US killing of Iranian commander to paint Beijing as a force for stability
South China Morning Post, January 7, 2020

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China cements Communist Party’s role at top of its SOEs, should ‘execute the will of the party’
South China Morning Post, January 8, 2020

China Steps Up Communist Party Control in State-Owned Firms
Bloomberg, January 7, 2020

Taiwan to vote in shadow of China pressure, Hong Kong protests
Reuters, January 7, 2020

China releases regulation on guaranteeing wages for migrant workers
Sina, January 8, 2020

Be vigilant, Chinese embassy in Jakarta says as fishing row adds to anti-Beijing sentiment
South China Morning Post, January 7, 2020

China tried to threaten Taiwan by weaponizing tourism, but it didn’t work
Quartz, January 7, 2020

China’s Reach Tests the Pacific’s Fragile Island Democracies
Foreign Policy, January 7, 2020

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Megvii takes big step towards $500m Hong Kong listing
Financial Times, January 7, 2020

Hong Kong (香港)

50蒙面人梨木樹拆連儂牆 街坊稱遭追打 (Residents say they were chased and beaten as 50 masked individuals demolished Lennon Wall in Kwai Chung; police made no arrests, and helped attackers get taxis)
Ming Pao, January 8, 2020

Opposition to LGBT+ legal rights in Hong Kong at historic low – CUHK survey
Hong Kong Free Press, January 8, 2020

Hong Kong protests: district council sets up task force to investigate mob attack at Yuen Long MTR station
South China Morning Post, January 7, 2020

Tough to find people to join review committee on police behaviour, says Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam
Hong Kong Free Press, January 7 2020

林鄭月娥︰不應走獨立調查委員會這條路 ("We should not walk down the path of an independent commission of inquiry," says Carrie Lam)
Radio Television Hong Kong, January 7, 2020

【元朗 7.21】建制組織成員法院外聲援 61 歳被告 斥林卓廷「勾引」白衫人犯法 (Pro-establishment groups rally to show support for seven people charged for participating in Yuen Long attacks, saying democratic legislator "seduced" white-clad attackers into breaking the law)
Stand News, January 7, 2020

旺角衝突暴動罪成在囚 盧建民攝影集料 2 月面世 部分收入捐 612 基金、星火等 (Lo Kin-man, photographer jailed for 7 years in 2016's "Fish Ball" protests, publishes photo album to raise funds for protests and appeal)
Stand News, January 7, 2020

‘I will fight tyranny’: Newly-elected Hong Kong localist, 25, becomes chair of North District Council
Hong Kong Free Press, January 7, 2020

葵青區議會唱《願榮光》 譴責警暴促林鄭下台 建制離席抗議 (Kwai Ching District Council sings "Glory to Hong Kong" in first meeting, condemns police violence and urges Carrie Lam to step down), January 7, 2020

民建聯「議會監察」四成員旁聽南區區議會 盼全新定位破舊立新 (Pro-Beijing party DAB sets up group to sit-in and monitor district council meetings and functions after defeat in elections), January 7, 2020

Commentary (评论)

As India finds, and Hong Kong’s protesters should learn, the good fight is fought over an inclusive moral vision
South China Morning Post, January 8, 2020

【專訪】何韻詩 國際舞台上言說香港抗爭 (Interview with Denise Ho: Telling the story of Hong Kong's fight on the global stage)
Stand News, January 7, 2020

Hong Kong: Create Independent Investigation of Police
Human Rights Watch, January 7, 2020